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European-wide network for systematic GMO impact assessment

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October 17, 2012
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Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres
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Researchers have proposed a framework for a European-wide network for systematic GMO impact assessment. The network aims at improving the regulatory system by enhancing and harmonizing the environmental risk assessment process and post-market environmental monitoring of GM crops in the EU.

GMO maize field between Timisoara (Timisoara) and Sannicolau Mare in Romania. The plains of the Banat is used for agriculture for centuries - for several years in the Romanian part for field trials with GMO plants. (The signs were obscured for privacy.)
Credit: Tilo Arnhold/UFZ

The authors of this paper propose a framework for a European-wide network for systematic GMO impact assessment (ENSyGMO). This network aims at improving the regulatory system by enhancing and harmonising the environmental risk assessment (ERA) process and post-market environmental monitoring (PMEM) of GM crops in the EU.

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In Europe there are many concerns about adverse environmental effects of GM crops, and the opinions on the outcomes of environmental risk assessments (ERA) differ largely. GM crop safety testing and introduction studies among the regulatory system are insufficiently developed. Therefore the proposed framework aims at improving the regulatory system. Specific elements of the network are

a) methodologies for both indicator and field site selection for GM crop ERA and PMEM,

b) an EU-wide typology of agro-environments,

c) a pan-European field testing network using GM crops,

d) specific hypotheses on GM crop effects, and

e) state-of-the art sampling, statistics and modelling approaches.


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  1. Frieder Graef, Joerg Roembke, Rosa Binimelis, Anne I. Myhr, Angelika Hilbeck, Broder Breckling, Tommy Dalgaard, Ulrich Stachow, Georgina V. Catacora, Thomas Břhn, David Quist, Béla Darvas, Gert Dudel, Bernadette Oehen, Hartmut Meyer, Klaus Henle, Brian Wynne, Marc Metzger, Silvio Knäbe, Josef Settele, András Székács, Angelika Wurbs, Jeannette Bernard, Donal Murphy-Bokern, Marcello Buiatti, Manuela Giovannetti, Marko Debeljak, Erling Andersen, Andreas Paetz, Saso Dzeroski, Beatrix Tappeser, Cornelis A.M. van Gestel, Werner Wosniok, Gilles-Eric Séralini, Iulie Aslaksen, Roland Pesch, Stanislav Maly, Armin Werner. A framework for a European network for a systematic environmental impact assessment of genetically modified organisms (GMO). BIORISK – Biodiversity and Ecosystem Risk Assessment, 2012; 7 (0): 73 DOI: 10.3897/biorisk.7.1969

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